How can I landscape like a pro?
Select the proper mulch variety and thickness of the application to best suit your landscape needs for weed suppression, soil stability, and aesthetics. Remember, applying mulch too thick can be as much or more damaging to plants and trees than not applying mulch at all.
What is landscaping design?
A well thought out and creative landscape design, by far, provides more exciting end results. By investing a few hundred dollars for a quality design, thousands can be saved by not having to dig something back up or re-do something later because it was not what you really wanted.
How can I use landscaping for more privacy?
Many times landscaping may be viewed as only an “extra” to add to a property’s aesthetics. Function and security are also achieved when installing a privacy border to screen areas of your property and home from outside views.
Where to start with landscaping?
In North Carolina, we are blessed with being able to work in our landscapes in all months of the year. While the winters are cold, roots are being developed as the plant tops are dormant; therefore, mulching and plant installations are good to perform in the winter. The spring and summer months are exciting as the sleeping plants wake up and fill our yards with color, shade, and fragrance. Pruning, shearing, and dead-heading, and weeding are mainly performed during these growing seasonal months. In the midst of the cooler fall months, re-seeding of lawns and large planting projects are good to have on the agenda as the stress on the plants and turf areas reduced.
How can I use landscaping to protect foundation and control water runoff problems?
Grading soil away from your house or structure is always as best practice. Installation of gutter down spout drain lines under the grade and extending them away from the house before they “daylight” helps keep your foundation dry. Stone swales, catch basin drains, and grading with sod or high-quality seed can help divert runoff water to the areas you want it to go.
Are landscaping improvements tax deductible?
While your accountant can answer this question as it relates specifically to your property, some cities and towns will provide incentives and grants to install landscaping to help beautify the city. As you look to sell your property, landscaping is always a large player in its curb appeal. The landscape is the first and last impressionable piece of the property when someone views it.
Bonus - I have a small front yard, do I really need landscaping?
The landscape is the first and last thing someone sees when they are looking to purchase a home or business. Sometimes a poor landscape is hard for a buyer to look past while an inviting and well-maintained landscape can create the excitement that makes it hard for a buyer to pass up.